Most Successful Anime Franchises

The Top Ten

1 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

This franchise is easily the most popular and successful anime franchise if he only include manga and anime. Dragon ball is worth over 5 billion dollars. that's almost as much as marvel is worth right now. The closest anime in terms of popularity and success is naruto which is worth roughly 2 billion. so that makes dragon ball worth 3 billion dollars more than the second most successful anime franchise.

Dragon Ball has earned a special place in my hearth. It's such a good anime, in my opinion the best anime ever made.

This anime is still going strong to this day despite its dark years (I.e. Dragon Ball GT).

Still the number one anime in the world till this day

2 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

There is no competition to the international phenomenon that is Pokemon, and it doesn't look like there will be any time soon! With one of the longest-running anime series and a vast array of video games and merchandise, Pokemon is the most successful anime franchise of all time!

I'd say Pokemon has the most successful games, rather than the anime itself.

This franchise has earned more than franchises like marvel and Star Wars. No other anime franchise would even come close to this franchise

Best anime non stop from 21 years you are kidding to make it no. 2

Without pokemon, anime would not be popular in the us

3 Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

I know I will be pissing off some pirates viewing this because One Piece is more successful in Japan than Naruto. However, on an international level Naruto is far more successful.

This is the best anime in the world for me

If Naruto wasn't on this list...I'd say the writer was a baffoon.

This is best franchise for sure.

4 One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.

I love one piece. I'm still watching it for almost 20 years now..Nothing compares to this anime.

The best! It's long but worth watching. Worldbuilding, character development, storyline everything is good!

Most consistent msnga & anime for the last 20 years & still going

5 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

AoT is a series that is not nice to its viewers. It is a series that is not afraid to be controversial, writing out characters as they are killed off, one by one. It encapsulates the meaning of "Survival." That is essentially the meaning of all life is to struggle to survive and to fight.. Fight.. FIGHT!

This is an anime that I go and rewatch over and over again, despite the death. But isn't that what makes the story interesting? Season 2 exceeded my expectations!

6 Gundam

The Gundam franchise has a series for any user or viewership. High success rates and invents a new in each pass of generation. With tons of timelines to be in parallel also there is a good appeal of freedom in the animations of Gundam. Much respect towards this series and hopes with it the trend will not at least hold true with what it is to the point.

The Gundam franchise in what is usual has a series to appeal to each different user or viewership. It is real good with depicting what is cool and invents itself a new each passing generation it seems. In plus the timelines are also not the same in each Gundam base series. A real nice job with it and should garner respect at a point once more.

Gundam may have Robots, but it tells a very human story that many anime do not touch and because it is such a long running franchise, there is a Gundam show for everybody.

7 Fate Series

This is one of the best series by far. I only have two things I want more for it, a more consistent timeline and more new story plots for the original first main character Shirou Emiya

Name any other visual novel franchise that's churned out as much success as Type-Moon's biggest series. To think that what started as an eroge visual novel would turn into a series of manga, light novels, anime, movies, video games, and arguably the biggest cash cow of them yet, the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Did I forget to mention its high popularity in its home country Japan?

great idea with some really interesting characters and their philosophies
its also good tragedy

8 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

The first 7 episodes are amazing, other 18 episodes are good, but other 12, oh my god... it's super boring and terrible... new characters are super bad(near is a rip off L) and over the top, super lame ending. this anime is just popular for his first 25 episodes.

9 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

I think bleach is even better than when it comes to action and T.V. ratings

10 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

best psychological in my opinion
it gave roots to modern anime

The Contenders

11 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

As a shoujo title it deserves a place in the top 10.

12 Monogatari Series

my favorite off all time
great focus on characters probably best in my opinion
it also shows why I like anime when it comes to visuals

Fantastic series with very clever writing. Fantastic character interactions. Absolutely beatiful animation. My favorite series hand down.

Such an underrated anime and novel my favorite all time

Best supernatural mystery

13 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

It's is the best show ever I love Every single character

14 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.

You all sleeping on JoJo easy favorite franchise for me

15 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

It is a Japanese-American card game where they use rules of the game, for generations they add more cards to be duels.

I only voted this cause the rest of the shows are better (especially GX season 4) And the game is good

16 Gintama Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.

one of the best comedies but it can be also full of action, blood and tears
it has really great philosophy
and main character is just GOAT

Yep keep laughing

The best Comedy anime franchise of all time
You can't keep in the place you are siting without laughing

17 Futari wa Pretty Cure
18 Love Live
19 One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.

Funny, the way One writes it is amazing, but I don't understand, why is it lower than anime I have never heard of

Instant classic!

20 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

Love it or hate it, Sword Art Online is undeniably one of the most successful and popular anime franchises of this decade. A contest entry turned webcomic turned light novel, it's amazing how much this light novel franchise has expanded. Two anime adaptations with a third one on the way, a series of spin-offs with one already set for its own anime adaptation, several video games and mobile games, and most importantly, its first theatrical anime film. Yep, without a doubt successful. Suck it, haters.

21 My Hero Academia

Amazing plot, though the first episodes were quite bad

One of the best anime with good ost I've ever seen

Entertaining Character

Copy of One Punch Man

22 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.
23 K-On! K-ON! (けいおん!, literally 'Light Music') is a Japanese slice of life and comedy four-panel comic strip manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. It was serialized from 2007 to 2012, and there are six volumes to the manga in total. Kyoto Animation produced the anime adaptation, which aired over ...read more.
24 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a Japanese anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs.

I find it hard to believe that one of the most successful and popular magical girl anime franchises of all time was actually spun-off from an eroge game series (Triangle Heart)...

5 seasons of anime (MGLN Original, A's, StrikerS, ViVid, and ViVid Strike)
3 (soon to be 4) movies (the Movie 1st, the Movie 2nd A's, Reflection, and the upcoming [as of typing] Detonation)
3 video games (the two A's Portable games for PSP and an online browser game)
a bunch of manga (ViVid, Force, Innocent, InnocentS, and a few others)
and tons of merchandise (ranging from figures, trading cards, card sleeves, die-cast cars, plushies, etc.)

25 Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), ...read more.
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